Energy provides electricity at home, in school and everywhere we go. It powers our televisions, kitchens, and all our electrical devices. Electricity comes from different sources, some are damaging to the planet, but others aren’t. There are some ways of creating electricity called “Renewable Sources” which means they come from things which will never run out, such as:
- Solar Energy - this comes from sunlight;
- Wind Energy - this comes from wind;
- Hydro Energy - this comes from flowing water.
What difference does it make?
Wind Power is the largest source of renewable electricity in the UK. Wind power contributed 24.8% of UK electricity supplied in 2020.
What do you need?
- Clean juice or milk carton
- pebbles or sand
- paper straw
- paper or cardboard (try to reuse a cereal box)
- decorations (i.e pencil crayons)
Step by step
Using a clean juice or milk carton, place the sand or stones in the bottom to keep it steady.
Make a hole on both sides of the carton, big enough for a straw to fit through both sides. Ask a adult for help if you are using anything sharp.
Using paper or cardboard, draw and cut out your turbine wings. Make a hole in your wings, again big enough for your straw to fit through.
Add your wings to the end of your straw.
Decorate your Wind Turbine, you could use your school colours or even your favourite football club colours.
Place your Wind Turbine outside on a windy day and watch it spin.